NEW YORK – Although Murano’s glassmaking tradition dates back to the late 13th Century, the turn of the 20th Century marked the beginning of what would become the island’s most innovative, expansive and prosperous era. During the 1960s, master glassmakers such as Carlo Scarpa and Fulvio Bianconi experimented with technique and interpreted contemporary art movements in their works, which shocked and challenged the public’s perception of the glass medium. As a result, production of some of their most innovative designs was short-lived, making their appearance on today’s market rather special. Led by an impeccable eye and passion, the important New York collector featured in Sotheby’s Important Design sale sought the rarest, most historical and beautiful works. To see these technical and artistic triumphs, click ahead and explore 15 highlights from the collection of more than 50 glass marvels. LAUNCH SLIDESHOW Sotheby’s wishes to thank author Marc Heiremans for his assistance in the research and cataloguing of this collection.
NEW YORK – John Birch, co-founder of New York design destination Wyeth, is the rare person who keeps his eye simultaneously trained on past, present and future. Once the behind-the-scenes planner who created retail environments for venerable fashion houses such as Ralph Lauren, today Birch is known for Wyeth's impeccably curated selection of 20th-century design as well as its visionary in-house line. This spring, Wyeth will open a new 10,000-square-foot downtown showroom and celebrate its 20th anniversary. To make room for what's to come, Birch is parting with a selection of his all-time favourite pieces in a dedicated Sotheby's auction WYETH: The Art of Timeless Design on 7 June. We spoke with Birch about standout lots in the sale, the inspiration behind his own designs and what the modern masters have taught him. JOHN BIRCH. PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF WYETH.
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